Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Bellatrix Lestrange Character Analysis

One of Voldemort's most devoted followers. She's a tall and imposing witch with long black hair, and she's one of the most evil Death Eaters: she's responsible for Sirius's death, as well as torturing Neville's parents to the point of insanity. Voldemort trusts her and so he asks her to keep one of his Horcruxes in her vault at Gringotts, although he never shares with her that Hufflepuff's cup is a Horcrux. However, Bellatrix finds herself in a difficult spot with Voldemort because of her family connections: she's Tonks's aunt and, in addition to having a Muggle-born brother-in-law in Ted Tonks, Tonks's marriage to the werewolf Lupin means that Voldemort teases her mercilessly. She's obsessed with blood purity and does whatever she can to attempt to kill Tonks and Lupin. Bellatrix is cruel and has no problem torturing anyone who gets in her way. However, Harry is forced to understand that for all of Bellatrix's evil, she was kind to the house-elf Kreacher and was able to use his resulting loyalty to her advantage. Mrs. Weasley kills Bellatrix after Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny, and she's Voldemort's last important follower to die.

Bellatrix Lestrange Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Bellatrix Lestrange or refer to Bellatrix Lestrange. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Ten Quotes

"Sirius was horrible to Kreacher, Harry, and it's no good looking like that, you know it's true. Kreacher had been alone for a long time when Sirius came to live here, and he was probably starving for a bit of affection. I'm sure 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' were perfectly lovely to Kreacher when he turned up, so he did them a favor and told them everything they wanted to know. I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house-elves. Well, Voldemort did...and so did Sirius."

Page Number: 198
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bellatrix Lestrange Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Bellatrix Lestrange appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...Voldemort maliciously asks if the Malfoys are unhappy that he's back in power, to which Bellatrix—Narcissa's sister—says that having Voldemort in their home is an honor. Voldemort asks if it's as... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...but Ted says she's his wife, Mrs. Tonks. Mrs. Tonks looks shockingly like her sister, Bellatrix Lestrange. (full context)
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...ground on brooms. Tonks falls into Lupin's arms as Hermione embraces Ron. Tonks explains that Bellatrix was trying to kill her. Kingsley leaves for the Prime Minister as Bill and Fleur... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
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...to people who are kind to him, which Sirius wasn't. She notes that Narcissa and Bellatrix certainly were, which is why he passed information to them. Harry gives Kreacher a moment... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...like himself. Draco grudgingly admits that the other captives might be Hermione and Ron as Bellatrix enters and starts to call Voldemort. She stops when she catches sight of the sword,... (full context)
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Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Bellatrix shrieks for every captive but Hermione to be put in the cellar and cuts Hermione... (full context)
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Harry and Ron run upstairs and see Griphook identify the sword as a fake. Bellatrix calls Voldemort and Harry's scar burns. Voldemort kills the man in the tower as Bellatrix... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...but Ollivander can't. He then asks Ollivander to identify the wands Harry stole. One is Bellatrix's; the other is Draco's. Ollivander explains that wands have feelings and learn from their owners.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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Hermione, disguised as Bellatrix, emerges from the cottage with Griphook. She transforms Ron's face so he can assume a... (full context)
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Travers greets Bellatrix and Harry whispers who Travers is to Hermione. Hermione allows Travers to walk with her,... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...that Harry died trying to sneak away. Someone runs at Voldemort, but Voldemort Disarms him. Bellatrix laughs: it's Neville. Neville refuses to join the Death Eaters. (full context)
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...the Great Hall and watches the battles, trying to get closer to Voldemort. He sees Bellatrix shoot a Killing Curse and narrowly miss Ginny, and Mrs. Weasley furiously begins to duel... (full context)